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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:30 am CDT

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HCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Key third quarter metrics (all percentage changes compare 3Q 2018 to 3Q 2017 unless noted):

  • Revenues increased 7.1 percent to $11.451 billion
  • Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. totaled $759 million, or $2.15 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $2.096 billion
  • Cash flows from operations totaled $1.721 billion
  • Same facility equivalent admissions increased 3.4 percent, while same facility admissions increased 3.1 percent
  • Same facility revenue per equivalent admission increased 3.9 percent
  • Same facility emergency room visits declined 0.4 percent

Revenues in the third quarter of 2018 increased to $11.451 billion, compared to $10.696 billion in the third quarter of 2017. Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. totaled $759 million, or $2.15 per diluted share, compared to $426 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017. The third quarter 2018 results include gains on sales of facilities of $6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, and losses on retirement of debt of $9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to gains on sales of facilities of $7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, and losses on retirement of debt of $39 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017. For the quarter, the Company recognized a tax benefit of $132 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, due to a reduction in its effective tax rate related to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Results for the third quarter of 2018 also include a $23 million tax benefit, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to a $4 million tax benefit, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017, related to employee equity award settlements.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $2.096 billion compared to $1.776 billion in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. A table reconciling net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. to Adjusted EBITDA is included in this release.

Results for the third quarter of 2018 include a reduction in the Company’s reserves for professional liability risks of $70 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. The Company’s provisions for professional liability risks are based upon actuarially determined estimates and are included in “other operating expenses” in our consolidated income statements.

During the third quarter of 2017, the Company incurred additional expenses and experienced losses of revenues estimated at approximately $140 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, associated with hurricanes Harvey and Irma’s impact on our Corpus Christi, Houston, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina facilities. This amount was prior to any insurance recoveries.

Operating results for the third quarter of 2017 also included a negative impact related to the Texas Medicaid waiver program of approximately $50 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. This reflected settlement amounts related to the program year ended September 30, 2017.

Same facility equivalent admissions increased 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the prior year period. Same facility admissions increased 3.1 percent compared to the prior year period. Same facility emergency room visits declined 0.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the prior year period. Same facility inpatient surgeries increased 1.6 percent, while same facility outpatient surgeries increased 4.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017. Same facility revenue per equivalent admission increased 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the third quarter of 2017.

During the third quarter of 2018, salaries and benefits, supplies and other operating expenses totaled $9.364 billion, or 81.8 percent of revenues, compared to $8.933 billion, or 83.5 percent of revenues, in the third quarter of 2017. On a same facility basis, salaries and benefits, supplies and other operating expenses totaled $8.707 billion, or 79.6 percent of revenues, during for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $8.268 billion, or 81.2 percent of revenues, on a same facility basis for the same period of 2017.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018

Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 totaled $34.403 billion, compared to $32.052 billion in the same period of 2017. Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. was $2.723 billion, or $7.65 per diluted share, compared to $1.742 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2017. Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 include gains on sales of facilities of $420 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, and losses on retirement of debt of $9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 included gains on sales of facilities of $10 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, and losses on retirement of debt of $39 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

The Company recognized a tax benefit of $316 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, on net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, due to a reduction in its effective tax rate related to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 also include a $119 million tax benefit, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $80 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the same period of 2017, related to employee equity award settlements.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company incurred additional expenses and experienced losses of revenues estimated at approximately $140 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, associated with the impact of hurricanes. Also in the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company incurred a negative impact to results related to the Texas Medicaid waiver program of approximately $50 million, or $0.08 per diluted share.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows from Operations

As of September 30, 2018, HCA Healthcare, Inc.’s balance sheet reflected cash and cash equivalents of $578 million, total debt of $33.107 billion, and total assets of $38.044 billion. During the third quarter of 2018, capital expenditures totaled $846 million, excluding acquisitions. Cash flows provided by operating activities in the third quarter totaled $1.721 billion, compared to $1.008 billion in the third quarter of 2017.

As of September 30, 2018, HCA’s leverage ratio as measured by Total Debt/Adjusted EBITDA was 3.76x, compared to 4.02x as of December 31, 2017.

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased 2.518 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $302 million, and during the nine months ended September 30, 2018, repurchased 11.558 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $1.195 billion. The Company had $607 million remaining under its existing repurchase authorization as of September 30, 2018.

As of September 30, 2018, HCA operated 179 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding emergency rooms, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 20 states and the United Kingdom.

Dividend

HCA today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be paid on December 28, 2018 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 3, 2018.

The declaration and payment of any future dividend will be subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend on a variety of factors, including the Company’s financial condition and results of operations and contractual restrictions. Future dividends are expected to be funded by cash balances and future cash flows from operations.

2018 Guidance

The 2018 guidance ranges for the year have been revised from our second quarter 2018 release and are as follows:

     

2018 Updated Guidance Range

Revenues $46.0 to $47.0 billion
Adjusted EBITDA $8.7 to $8.9 billion
EPS (diluted) $9.05 to $9.45 per diluted share
Capital Expenditures Approximately $3.5 billion
 

The Company’s 2018 guidance contains a number of assumptions, including:

  • 2018 guidance for EPS (diluted) includes an estimated $125 million income tax benefit, or $0.35 per diluted share, for excess tax benefits related to employee equity award settlements recorded as a component of the provision for income taxes. The timing and amounts related to employee equity award settlements are difficult to project and may vary from this estimate.
  • 2018 guidance reflects the sale of the Company’s Oklahoma facilities which closed February 1, 2018. These facilities had annual revenues of approximately $1 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $180 million in 2017.
  • 2018 guidance includes an estimated impact of $1.25 earnings per diluted share related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • 2018 guidance excludes any acquisitions that have not been completed as of September 30, 2018.
  • 2018 guidance excludes any hurricane insurance recoveries the Company may receive.
  • 2018 guidance excludes any changes in our estimates of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on our deferred tax assets and liabilities.
  • 2018 guidance excludes the impact of items such as, but not limited to, gains or losses on sales of facilities, losses on retirement of debt, legal claim costs and impairments of long-lived assets.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. A table reconciling forecasted net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. to forecasted Adjusted EBITDA is included in this release.

The Company’s guidance is based on current plans and expectations and is subject to a number of known and unknown uncertainties and risks, including those set forth below in the Company’s “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Earnings Conference Call

HCA will host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time today. All interested investors are invited to access a live audio broadcast of the call via webcast. The broadcast also will be available on a replay basis beginning this afternoon. The webcast can be accessed at: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1160385&tp_key=4b75f786bf or through the Company’s Investor Relations web page, www.hcahealthcare.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include the Company’s financial guidance for the year ending December 31, 2018, as well as other statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words like “may,” “believe,” “will,” “expect,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “initiative” or “continue.” These forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and are subject to a number of known and unknown uncertainties and risks, many of which are beyond our control, which could significantly affect current plans and expectations and our future financial position and results of operations. These factors include, but are not limited to, (1) the impact of our substantial indebtedness and the ability to refinance such indebtedness on acceptable terms, (2) the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “Health Reform Law”), including the effects of any repeal of, or changes to, the Health Reform Law or changes to its implementation, the possible enactment of additional federal or state health care reforms and possible changes to other federal, state or local laws or regulations affecting the health care industry, (3) the effects related to the continued implementation of the sequestration spending reductions required under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and related legislation extending these reductions, and the potential for future deficit reduction legislation that may alter these spending reductions, which include cuts to Medicare payments, or create additional spending reductions, (4) increases in the amount and risk of collectability of uninsured accounts and deductibles and copayment amounts for insured accounts, (5) the ability to achieve operating and financial targets, and attain expected levels of patient volumes and control the costs of providing services, (6) possible changes in Medicare, Medicaid and other state programs, including Medicaid supplemental payment programs or Medicaid waiver programs, that may impact reimbursements to health care providers and insurers and the size of the uninsured or underinsured population, (7) the highly competitive nature of the health care business, (8) changes in service mix, revenue mix and surgical volumes, including potential declines in the population covered under third-party payer agreements, the ability to enter into and renew third-party payer provider agreements on acceptable terms and the impact of consumer-driven health plans and physician utilization trends and practices, (9) the efforts of health insurers, health care providers, large employer groups and others to contain health care costs, (10) the outcome of our continuing efforts to monitor, maintain and comply with appropriate laws, regulations, policies and procedures, (11) increases in wages and the ability to attract and retain qualified management and personnel, including affiliated physicians, nurses and medical and technical support personnel, (12) the availability and terms of capital to fund the expansion of our business and improvements to our existing facilities, (13) changes in accounting practices, (14) changes in general economic conditions nationally and regionally in our markets, (15) the emergence and effects related to infectious diseases, (16) future divestitures which may result in charges and possible impairments of long-lived assets, (17) changes in business strategy or development plans, (18) delays in receiving payments for services provided, (19) the outcome of pending and any future tax audits, disputes and litigation associated with our tax positions, (20) potential adverse impact of known and unknown government investigations, litigation and other claims that may be made against us, (21) the impact of potential cybersecurity incidents or security breaches, (22) our ongoing ability to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology, (23) the impact of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, or similar events beyond our control, (24) changes in interpretations, assumptions, and expectations regarding the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including additional guidance that may be issued by federal and state taxing authorities or other standard-setting bodies, and (25) other risk factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of the factors that will determine our future results are beyond our ability to control or predict. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements contained herein, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s views only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Healthcare, Inc. and its affiliates.

 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Comprehensive Income Statements
Third Quarter
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
      2018     2017
Amount     Ratio Amount     Ratio
 
Revenues $ 11,451 100.0 % $ 10,696 100.0 %
 
Salaries and benefits 5,377 46.9 5,081 47.5
Supplies 1,890 16.5 1,777 16.6
Other operating expenses 2,097 18.4 2,075 19.4
Equity in earnings of affiliates (9 ) (0.1 ) (13 ) (0.1 )
Depreciation and amortization 582 5.1 539 5.0
Interest expense 442 3.9 427 4.0
Gains on sales of facilities (6 ) (0.1 ) (7 ) (0.1 )
Losses on retirement of debt   9       0.1     39       0.4  
 
  10,382       90.7     9,918       92.7  
 
Income before income taxes 1,069 9.3 778 7.3
 
Provision for income taxes   173       1.5     248       2.3  
 
Net income 896 7.8 530 5.0
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   137       1.2     104       1.0  
 
Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 759       6.6   $ 426       4.0  
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 2.15 $ 1.15
 
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share (millions) 353.639 369.834
 
Comprehensive income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 754   $ 451  
 
 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Comprehensive Income Statements
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
      2018     2017
Amount     Ratio Amount     Ratio
 
Revenues $ 34,403 100.0 % $ 32,052 100.0 %
 
Salaries and benefits 15,940 46.3 14,878 46.4
Supplies 5,722 16.6 5,369 16.8
Other operating expenses 6,325 18.5 5,970 18.6
Equity in earnings of affiliates (25 ) (0.1 ) (36 ) (0.1 )
Depreciation and amortization 1,697 4.9 1,581 4.9
Interest expense 1,309 3.8 1,257 3.9
Gains on sales of facilities (420 ) (1.2 ) (10 ) -
Losses on retirement of debt   9       -     39       0.1  
 
  30,557       88.8     29,048       90.6  
 
Income before income taxes 3,846 11.2 3,004 9.4
 
Provision for income taxes   702       2.1     902       2.8  
 
Net income 3,144 9.1 2,102 6.6
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   421       1.2     360       1.2  
 
Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 2,723       7.9   $ 1,742       5.4  
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 7.65 $ 4.64
 
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share (millions) 356.124 375.013
 
Comprehensive income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 2,735   $ 1,812  
 
 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in millions)
 
 
 
      September 30,     June 30,     December 31,
2018 2018 2017
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 578 $ 868 $ 732
Accounts receivable 6,532 6,592 6,501
Inventories 1,634 1,636 1,573
Other   1,266     1,298     1,171  
Total current assets 10,010 10,394 9,977
 
Property and equipment, at cost 41,978 41,142 40,084
Accumulated depreciation   (22,937 )   (22,598 )   (22,189 )
19,041 18,544 17,895
 
Investments of insurance subsidiaries 367 414 418
Investments in and advances to affiliates 238 234 199
Goodwill and other intangible assets 7,759 7,459 7,394
Other   629     697     710  
 
$ 38,044   $ 37,742   $ 36,593  
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,414 $ 2,457 $ 2,606
Accrued salaries 1,456 1,315 1,369
Other accrued expenses 2,170 2,161 1,983
Long-term debt due within one year   191     1,692     200  
Total current liabilities 6,231 7,625 6,158
 
Long-term debt, less net debt issuance costs of $163, $151 and $164 32,916 31,500 32,858
Professional liability risks 1,239 1,283 1,198
Income taxes and other liabilities 1,388 1,459 1,374
 
EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Stockholders' deficit attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. (5,605 ) (5,989 ) (6,806 )
Noncontrolling interests   1,875     1,864     1,811  
Total deficit   (3,730 )   (4,125 )   (4,995 )
$ 38,044   $ 37,742   $ 36,593  
 
 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
(Dollars in millions)
 
 
 
      2018     2017
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 3,144 $ 2,102
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Increase (decrease) in cash from operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (161 ) (70 )
Inventories and other assets (136 ) (50 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 150 (169 )
Depreciation and amortization 1,697 1,581
Income taxes - (9 )
Gains on sales of facilities (420 ) (10 )
Losses on retirement of debt 9 39
Amortization of debt issuance costs 23 23
Share-based compensation 204 195
Other   76     60  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities   4,586     3,692  
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment (2,420 ) (2,033 )
Acquisition of hospitals and health care entities (1,056 ) (1,142 )
Disposition of hospitals and health care entities 802 24
Change in investments 65 (15 )
Other   (6 )   (6 )
 
Net cash used in investing activities   (2,615 )   (3,172 )
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Issuance of long-term debt 2,000 1,502
Net change in revolving credit facilities (330 ) 650
Repayment of long-term debt (1,652 ) (700 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (315 ) (363 )
Payment of debt issuance costs (24 ) (25 )
Payment of cash dividends (366 ) -
Repurchase of common stock (1,195 ) (1,475 )
Other   (232 )   (37 )
 
Net cash used in financing activities   (2,114 )   (448 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (11 )   -  
 
Change in cash and cash equivalents (154 ) 72
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   732     646  
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 578   $ 718  
 
 
Interest payments $ 1,422 $ 1,383
Income tax payments, net $ 702 $ 911
 
 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Operating Statistics
 
 
          For the Nine Months
Third Quarter Ended September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
 
Operations:
Number of Hospitals 179 177 179 177
Number of Freestanding Outpatient Surgery Centers 122 119 122 119
Licensed Beds at End of Period 47,060 46,250 47,060 46,250
Weighted Average Licensed Beds 46,909 45,887 46,755 44,957
 
Reported:
Admissions 497,899 482,557 1,500,382 1,441,492

        % Change

3.2 % 4.1 %
Equivalent Admissions 854,940 818,887 2,555,151 2,440,446

        % Change

4.4 % 4.7 %
Revenue per Equivalent Admission $ 13,394 $ 13,062 $ 13,464 $ 13,134

        % Change

2.5 % 2.5 %
Inpatient Revenue per Admission $ 13,647 $ 13,429 $ 13,720 $ 13,448

        % Change

1.6 % 2.0 %
 
Patient Days 2,391,127 2,360,112 7,293,152 7,070,131

        % Change

1.3 % 3.2 %
Equivalent Patient Days 4,106,404 4,005,090 12,420,238 11,969,732

        % Change

2.5 % 3.8 %
 
Inpatient Surgery Cases 138,699 137,187 414,398 405,081

        % Change

1.1 % 2.3 %
Outpatient Surgery Cases 235,258 224,252 710,494 684,382

        % Change

4.9 % 3.8 %
 
Emergency Room Visits 2,139,375 2,130,460 6,589,825 6,409,721

        % Change

0.4 % 2.8 %
 

Outpatient Revenues as a Percentage of Patient Revenues

38.7 % 37.5 % 38.2 % 37.6 %
 
Average Length of Stay (days) 4.802 4.891 4.861 4.905
 
Occupancy 55.4 % 55.9 % 57.1 % 57.6 %
 
Same Facility:
Admissions 472,941 458,904 1,425,894 1,388,913

        % Change

3.1 % 2.7 %
Equivalent Admissions 806,837 780,137 2,416,890 2,352,819

        % Change

3.4 % 2.7 %
Revenue per Equivalent Admission $ 13,551 $ 13,046 $ 13,589 $ 13,094

        % Change

3.9 % 3.8 %
Inpatient Revenue per Admission $ 13,773 $ 13,389 $ 13,817 $ 13,381

        % Change

2.9 % 3.3 %
 
Inpatient Surgery Cases 131,645 129,557 393,088 388,240

        % Change

1.6 % 1.2 %
Outpatient Surgery Cases 223,979 214,923 676,734 663,230

        % Change

4.2 % 2.0 %
 
Emergency Room Visits 2,019,356 2,027,987 6,224,644 6,176,988

        % Change

-0.4 % 0.8 %
 
 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Supplemental Non-GAAP Disclosures
Operating Results Summary
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
              For the Nine Months
Third Quarter Ended September 30,
2018 2017 2018     2017
 
Revenues $ 11,451 $ 10,696 $ 34,403 $ 32,052
 
Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 759 $ 426 $ 2,723 $ 1,742
Gains on sales of facilities (net of tax) (5 ) (4 ) (318 ) (6 )
Losses on retirement of debt (net of tax)   7     25     7     25  

Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt (a)

761 447 2,412 1,761
Depreciation and amortization 582 539 1,697 1,581
Interest expense 442 427 1,309 1,257
Provision for income taxes 174 259 602 912
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   137     104     421     360  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ 2,096   $ 1,776   $ 6,441   $ 5,871  
 
Adjusted EBITDA margin (a) 18.3 % 16.6 % 18.7 % 18.3 %
 
Diluted earnings per share:
Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 2.15 $ 1.15 $ 7.65 $ 4.64
Gains on sales of facilities (0.01 ) (0.01 ) (0.89 ) (0.02 )
Losses on retirement of debt   0.02     0.07     0.02     0.07  

Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt (a)

$ 2.16   $ 1.21   $ 6.78   $ 4.69  
 
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share (millions) 353.639 369.834 356.124 375.013
 
 
 

(a) Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). We believe net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and Adjusted EBITDA are important measures that supplement discussions and analysis of our results of operations. We believe it is useful to investors to provide disclosures of our results of operations on the same basis used by management. Management relies upon net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and Adjusted EBITDA as the primary measures to review and assess operating performance of its health care facilities and their management teams.

Management and investors review both the overall performance (including net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and GAAP net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc.) and operating performance (Adjusted EBITDA) of our health care facilities. Adjusted EBITDA and the Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenues) are utilized by management and investors to compare our current operating results with the corresponding periods during the previous year and to compare our operating results with other companies in the health care industry. It is reasonable to expect that gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt will occur in future periods, but the amounts recognized can vary significantly from period to period, do not directly relate to the ongoing operations of our health care facilities and complicate period comparisons of our results of operations and operations comparisons with other health care companies.

Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as alternatives to net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. as a measure of operating performance or cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity. Because net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements determined in accordance with GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc., excluding gains on sales of facilities and losses on retirement of debt, and Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

 
HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Supplemental Non-GAAP Disclosures
2018 Operating Results Forecast
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
      For the Year Ending
December 31, 2018
Low     High
 
Revenues $ 46,000 $ 47,000
 
Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. (a) $ 3,210 $ 3,350
Depreciation and amortization 2,285 2,285
Interest expense 1,760 1,760
Provision for income taxes 870 905
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   575   600
 
Adjusted EBITDA (a) (b) $ 8,700 $ 8,900
 
Diluted earnings per share:
Net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. $ 9.05 $ 9.45
 
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share (millions) 354.500 354.500
 

The Company's forecasted guidance range is based on current plans and expectations and is subject to a number of known and unknown uncertainties and risks.

 
 

(a) The Company does not forecast the impact of items such as, but not limited to, losses (gains) on sales of facilities, losses on retirement of debt, legal claim costs (benefits) and impairments of long-lived assets because the Company does not believe that it can forecast these items with sufficient accuracy.

(b) Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). We believe Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure that supplements discussions and analysis of our results of operations. We believe it is useful to investors to provide disclosures of our results of operations on the same basis used by management. Management relies upon Adjusted EBITDA as a primary measure to review and assess operating performance of its health care facilities and their management teams.

Management and investors review both the overall performance (including net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc.) and operating performance (Adjusted EBITDA) of our health care facilities. Adjusted EBITDA and the Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenues) are utilized by management and investors to compare our current operating results with the corresponding periods during the previous year and to compare our operating results with other companies in the health care industry.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income attributable to HCA Healthcare, Inc. as a measure of operating performance or cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity. Because Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement determined in accordance with GAAP and is susceptible to varying calculations, Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

Contact:

HCA Healthcare, Inc.
Investor Contact:
Mark Kimbrough, 615-344-2688
or
Media Contact:
Ed Fishbough, 615-344-2810

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